News for Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

MusicFest won’t be happening in January. John Dickson is the founder and producer of MusicFest in Steamboat. It’s a music festival of Texas and Americana bands. He says despite 35 years in Steamboat, MusicFest will be postponed for everyone’s safety during the pandemic.

Dickson made the announcement on YouTube. He says MusicFest will be back in Steamboat Jan. 5-12, in 2022. YouTube Link:

The 2020 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championships Trials are also canceled this summer because of the COVID-19 virus.

The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden is reporting two new positive cases of COVID-19. One resident and one staff member have the virus. The employee is from Moffat County. Staff and residents of The Haven will continue to be monitored for symptoms of the virus and will be tested weekly. These are the first positive cases out of the Haven, which is home to 20 residents.

Routt County typically reports new cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesdays and Fridays. But there is a staffing issue this week, and those results may not be available this afternoon, as promised. It is a very labor intensive process to gather the information. Routt County has 95 total positive cases with 204 test results pending as of last Friday.

Moffat County has three new positive cases of the virus as of Monday, for a total of 23. They were identified as close contacts of others who tested positive. Two are male teenagers and another is a woman in her 50s.

Routt County Commissioners recently met with the chamber and leaders of different industry groups in Steamboat, to get updates on how their businesses are being affected. Barbara Robinson represents the lodging industry. She says they have strong mitigation plans and good cleaning at the properties.

Kathy Elliott from Christy Sports represented the retail industry. She says numbers have been down, but were better in June. One concern is rent.

Elliott also says there has been a lot of trash in downtown Steamboat. One of the hardest hit groups are the local gyms and health clubs. Here’s Chamber CEO Kara Stoller.

Stoller added that one report says 59 percent of people surveyed in the United States say they will not renew their fitness memberships. They’ll work out at home or online.

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